AT&T teams with global technology providers for 5G deployment

AT&T (NYSE: T) has reported it is working with several global technology providers and operators to align on 5G in preparation for the release of the official 3GPP specifications, which will form the basis of the global standards, the company said.

The company said the goal is to enable faster 5G deployment once 3GPP completes the first release of the official specifications.

AT&T said it hopes to collaborate with a broad set of industry participants. Preliminary discussions are underway with China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, KDDI, LG, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, INC., Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung, SK Telecom, Telstra and Vodafone.

In 5G trials, AT&T is accelerating over-the-air interoperability testing based on standards developed under the 3GPP new radio (NR) specifications.

AT&T Inc. provides entertainment, mobile, high-speed internet and voice services and is a large provider of pay TV to customers in the US and 11 Latin American countries.